24th July 2019
Pushing the limits of IFE (PAX Tech)
In order to stay competitive and keep the interests of their guests piqued, some companies are turning to the latest frontier in IFE: virtual reality.
SkyLights is one such company that supplies next-generation VR cinema glasses, tailored for premium cabins and able to be tethered to the seat.
The system is designed to be simple to operate for airlines as it does not depend on the cabin crew for distribution. It aims to be a complimentary service for Business Class and First Class passengers, CEO David Dicko tells PAX Tech.
SkyLights sells premium advertising space in the AlloSky headsets via media agencies. This allows the systems to be deployed at reduced to no cost to airlines.
30th May 2019
Immersive Travel Experience to Drive In-flight Entertainment Market till 2023 (WiseGuy Research Consultants)
The global in-flight entertainment services market is projected to soar due to breakthroughs in entertainment devices. In-flight entertainment (IFE) devices contain videos from over-the-top (OTT) providers such as Netflix and major distributors like Warner Bros. Virtual reality is expected to transform the flight experience by providing immersive videos. Focus on wellness is expected to be a turning point which can lead to future adoption by airlines.
5th April 2019
Garuda launches inflight virtual reality entertainment (The Jakarta Post)
National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has launched an inflight virtual reality (VR) entertainment system to its business class in a bid to enhance passengers’ flight experience.
“Through this VR system, passengers will be able to watch various box-office movies on an immersive wide-angle, 180-360 degree screen,” Ari said in a statement, adding that he expected the new entertainment system to enhance passengers’ convenience, especially during long-haul flights.
22nd February 2019
To build this program, Cyril Jean, the 49-year-old Bordeaux boss of PXCom, has collaborated with two partners: for the content, Charlotte Dodson (internationally renowned Yoga instructor) and SkyLights (French company offering to virtual reality to airlines) to provide an immersive experience.
14th February 2019
Passenger wellness trends 2019 (VANE Airport Magazine)
Vane met with Tech startup SkyLights last year at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Boston. Skylights mission is to bring virtual reality to the in-flight entertainment space. We tried their VR inflight technology and it was quite the positive experience feeling a more immersive sense of calm in VR to help beat in-flight stress. They offer a variety of wellness content featuring yoga, and fear of flying tips by experts. They have partnered with a range of airlines, last year with Alaska Airlines.
22nd January 2019
SkyLights XR device is transforming the way we travel (Qualcomm Blog)
Through a collaboration with inflight XR specialist, Skylights, we’re delivering lean-back, immersive content viewing experiences that are opening a whole new world of in-flight entertainment for passengers. And for airlines, the initiative provides an integrated technology solution to deliver superior value to passengers.
“At Skylights we wanted to disrupt the in-flight experience, and we’ve created this solution in order to bring immersive cinema onboard the aircraft,” Laurence Fornari, head of sales at Skylights, said.
10th January 2019
SriLankan Airlines installs SkyLights VR cinema in its business class lounge (The Times of Sri Lanka)
“Today, SriLankan Airlines, in partnership with immersive entertainment specialist SkyLights, unveils a new Virtual Reality (VR) cinema at its Business Class lounge.
Installed in the Serendib lounge at Bandaranaike International Airport, SkyLights’ Allosky and Skykids cinematic VR headsets offer passengers the unique opportunity to relax and enjoy the latest films and TV series in 2D, 3D and 360° on individual immersive headsets. In offering this innovate new service, the leading national carrier looks to transform passenger-waiting times and set its customer journey apart. If deemed successful, SriLankan Airlines may also look to introduce the service onboard its long-haul flights.”
10th January 2019
SkyLights’ Allosky headset is on display at Qualcomm’s CES booth this year. The telecommunications equipment company’s Snapdragon processor powers the headset’s high-res display, which screens 2-D, 3-D and forward-facing 360-degree films on a Full HD cinema screen. Alaska Airlines was the first domestic airline to offer the Skylights Allosky headset in first class as part of a limited trial period.
9th January 2019
Listen to our CEO, David Dicko, sharing his journey in establishing VR as premium inflight entertainment through the Research VR Podcast with Az Balabanian and Petr Legkov.
With anecdotes from 15 years as a pilot and airline executive-come entrepreneur ,he looks at the IFE options available today, the opportunities of VR as passenger entertainment and the obstacles that had to be addressed in bringing VR on board.
2nd January 2019
“I’m thrilled British Airways is the first UK airline to be using the technology. The feedback from customers who have tried out the virtual reality headset has been incredibly positive; they love having a sneak peek at our swish Club World cabin, with many justifying an upgrade as an early Christmas present.
“We’re really excited about the many opportunities virtual technology offers for our customers on the ground, and in the air.”, Tom Stevens, British Airways’ head of customer at Heathrow.
6th December 2018
Fear-of-flying wellness videos added to Allosky catalog (PAX International)
“Passengers suffering from aviophobia - that is, the fear of flying - can now calm their nerves during flights thanks to a partnership between SkyLights and wellness company Mataki Group.
SkyLights has announced fear-of-flying videos from Mataki are now available as part of its Allosky virtual reality IFE catalog… The videos feature Mathieu Leroy, an aircraft pilot, flight-phobia expert and founder of Mataki Group, utilizing techniques shown to put passengers at ease while informing them about the facts behind flight safety."
8th November 2018
“SkyLights has merged with premium cinematic virtual reality (VR) headset manufacturer Allomind following a partnership which saw the companies come together to create and launch Allosky, a standalone cinematic VR system, in June 2018.
Operating under the name SkyLights Inc., the new entity will combine Allomind’s expertise in nanotechnology, optics and consumer products with SkyLights’ premium content partnerships, proprietary software and commercial experience in the airline market."
4th October 2018
Is virtual reality the future of in-flight entertainment? (The Economist)
“FIRST there were the overhead televisions showing films. Then seatback entertainment screens were introduced. More recently, many airlines have introduced in-flight entertainment services that can be accessed on passenger smartphones via the aircraft’s wi-fi system. Could the next step in the evolution of in-flight entertainment be virtual-reality goggles?"
2nd October 2018
“For the next 10 weeks, SkyLights will be based in London to work with mentors and experts from IAG Group, where it will have access to the resources needed to develop, shape and test its products. At the end of the program, the company will then take part in a demo day in the UK’s capital city on December 14, 2018."
28th September 2018
Stelia, Skylights unveil in-seat 3D-VR headset, speakers and seat control (Runway Girl Network)
“While previous brief demonstrations of Skylights have focussed on the VR functionality, your author watched some thirty minutes of a Hollywood blockbuster movie aboard the Lufthansa Flying Lab passenger experience technology demonstration flight from Munich to Boston for APEX EXPO, and there is a certain something about being able to lean your head back and have the content follow the eye.”
27th September 2018
26th September 2018
“I’m excited to get a chance to try the Allosky out for myself—I would love to have a VR headset to wear on such a long flight. I have traveled before with my own VR headsets like the Oculus Go, but it’s a hassle to set up content ahead of time, pre-charge the headset, and find a place to carry it in the limited space I have in my carry-on bags. I believe that the Allosky is a very compelling device, and it presents airlines and other transportation services a great opportunity to differentiate themselves from their competitors.”
25th September 2018
24th September 2018
Movie theater in the sky? Alaska trials VR entertainment at 35,000 feet (Alaska Airlines)
“I’m really excited to see this technology onboard. I was impressed with SkyLight’s Allosky headset early on as it’s the smallest, lightest, and most stylish VR headset in the inflight entertainment market,” said David Scotland, Alaska Airlines Manager of Inflight Entertainment and Connectivity. “These trials will help us understand how comfortable our guests are using the technology, if they prefer it to our current offerings, and let our flight attendants share feedback about its impact to our inflight service flow.”
24th September 2018
Today, Alaska Airlines announced that it will be partnering with Skylights to bring the startup’s latest hardware to a couple of its routes in a pilot (ha) program.
Skylights launched out of Y Combinator’s accelerator a couple of years ago with the focus of making VR the go-to entertainment choice for airline passengers. This is the startup’s first partnership with an airline in the U.S.; they’ve preciously worked with European airlines including Emirates and XL Airways.
22nd September 2018
21st August 2018
French-American company SkyLights today officially announced Skykids, a new VR entertainment system designed to entertain 6- to 12-year-olds on long-haul flights.
Skykids starts with a small-sized “wearable cinema” called Bravo Theatre, enabling kids to watch a selection of curated 2D, 3D, and forward-facing 360-degree films without leaving their seats. Over-ear headphones are provided for audio, and a child-friendly video catalog from 20th Century Fox is available for kids to choose from.
16th August 2018
Lufthansa and Lufthansa Systems are bringing their tried and tested FlyingLab to APEX EXPO for the first time. On September 22, Lufthansa will treat guests on board Flight LH424 from Munich to Boston to an exclusive pre-conference event....Passengers will be able to try SkyLights’ AlloSky VR headset and a functional prototype of Natalie Peters’ Feelflight blanket.
1st July 2018
Virtual reality takes centre stage for IFE (Asian Aviation)
Virtual Reality (VR) is gaining traction as a viable form of in-flight entertainment, with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently promoting VR at its annual general meeting in Sydney, Australia as a means to improve the flying experience.
26th June 2018
In 2016, at just 20 years old, Futernick founded ZED Aerospace: a Miami-based startup dedicated to developing innovative in-flight technologies, funded by investors from the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. The company’s first product, AURA, aims to bridge the gap between commercial transport and private jet charter services, promising to deliver ultra-luxurious air travel at relatively affordable rates...amenities include complimentary use of an iPad Pro and a cinematic VR headset by SkyLights.
6th June 2018
On board Joon, the new airline for millennials (The Telegraph)
In terms of bells and whistles, undoubtedly the most progressive of them all are the VR headsets you can rent for €15 (£13), which enable you to watch films and documentaries in 2D, 3D and 180-degree virtual reality. This really does make for an incredible viewing experience.
11th April 2018
SkyLights tackles VR IFE safety head-on (Inflight)
SkyLights, the American-French company that leverages cinematic Virtual Reality (VR) as premium passenger entertainment, has demonstrated its commitment to safety announcing DO-160 certification of its Allosky headset during this year’s Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg.
3rd April 2018
UAE airlines Emirates and Etihad announce VR trials (Gulf Business)
Abu Dhabi’s Etihad said today it would introduce SkyLights Aero Virtual Reality entertainment headsets at its first class and business class lounges at Abu Dhabi International Airport’s Terminal 3. Emirates made a similar announcement on Thursday saying it would trial the same headsets at Dubai International’s Concourse B business lounge during April and first class lounge during May.
1st April 2018
Emirates launches Virtual Reality headsets at Dubai Airport (Time Out Dubai)
Now you can immerse yourself in a 3D cinematic experience at Dubai International Airport. As well as featuring any number of restaurants, an in-terminal spa and loads of shopping options, Emirates is now providing Skylights theatre headsets to customers in DXB.
26th March 2018
26th February 2018
JAL tests out new offering from SkyLights (PAX International)
Japan Airlines Co., Ltd. (JAL) recently showed SkyLights’ Cinematic VR Entertainment to a delegation of VIP guests traveling at the end of January between Japan, India and Sri Lanka.
11th January 2018
The battle for business class passengers (PeterGreenberg.com)
For entertainment, Air France is now in partnership with virtual reality technology company SkyLights to offer immersive in-flight entertainment headsets. These personal devices provide passengers 2D and 3D virtual reality experiences. This gives them one of the most innovative business class entertainment systems on the market.
30th November 2017
SkyTeam brings virtual cinema to Dubai lounge (Arabian Aerospace)
SkyTeam is teaming up with high-tech company SkyLights to transform its Dubai lounge into a virtual movie theater. For a limited time, customers can watch multimedia content on immersive Bravo headsets and enjoy the latest cinematic VR technology before they fly. The ‘Virtual Cinema’ pilot is part of SkyTeam’s strategy to deliver an innovative and memorable experience each time customers visit one of the alliance’s seven branded lounges.
27th September 2017
25th September 2017
SkyLights' next-gen VR headset AlloSky takes flight at APEX (Runway Girl Network)
AlloSky offers up an array of new features including full HD resolution (1080p each eye), a 60% weight reduction to its predecessor (the Bravo Theater), and state-of-the-art dioptric correction to cater to the eyesight of all passengers. As part of the solution’s inauguration SkyLights is running an early-access launch program with Air France, Joon, gategroup, AccorHotels, Corsair and Jetfly.
13th August 2017
Air France trials virtual reality (Business Traveller)
Air France is trialling SkyLights virtual reality entertainment in their business class. From the start of August a limited number of headsets will be available onboard their A340 flights between Paris CDG and St Martin. Air France confirm that the solution "could be rolled out on other flights in the months ahead".
14th July 2017
SkyLights deploys its immersive entertainment solution onboard SNCF's TGV link between Paris and Milan. The service, a first in European rail travel, allows first class passengers to enjoy the latest blockbuster films and trending series in 2D and 3D on their own personal movie screen.
12th July 2017
SkyLights secures Air France investment and wins innovation award (French Tech Hub)
SkyLights was named the first company to secure investment from Air France's new fundraising program aimed towards nurturing innovation. On the same day the American French company was also awarded 'Les As De L'Innovation' award at the Paris Air Forum.
9th June 2017
This Autumn, guests in the executive rooms of Novotel, La Défese, will be given the opportunity to watch 2D and 3D films and series
12th May 2017
1st May 2017
2 page profile of SkyLights in (Inflight Magazine, p.23)
“The company primarily partner’s with airline customer experience managers to help offer their premium passengers a remarkable experience that will differentiate and upgrade their customer journey”
4th January 2017
“For travellers who want to get away from the many annoyances of flying— from the screaming child in the next row, the loud conversation across the aisle, the seatback movie selection that seems to consist entirely of lowbrow sequels—SkyLights and similar technology could be a godsend.”
19th December 2016
“For a public increasingly accustomed to nearly ubiquitous internet access, with on-demand video and continuous social media feeds, the airline cabin too often feels like a final, frustrating frontier.”